Manchester United make a serious promise to a Championship target, while Chelsea edge closer to agreeing the sale of a midfielder – all in the latest Paper Talk.
SOLSKJAER OFFERS BELLINGHAM FIRST-TEAM SPOT
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to offer Jude Bellingham a first-team role in a bid to beat Borussia Dortmund to his signature, according to reports.
Bellingham has already become one of Europe’s most sought-after youngsters at the age of 16, after a stellar breakthrough season in the Championship with Birmingham.
The midfielder has made 35 second-tier appearances so far and his performances have led to strong reported interest from United as well as Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund have also been linked but, according to the Evening Standard, United plan to beat the German side to Bellingham by offering him first-team football.
Solskjaer has continued United’s legacy of promoting young talent to the senior set-up this term, with Mason Greenwood breaking through as a 17-year-old and Brandon Williams, 19, also getting his chance.
The newspaper says that Bellingham – a “generational talent” – will be joined by Sunderland academy prospect Joe Hugill and Barcelona’s Marc Jurado in a triple raid to bolster United’s collection of young talent.
AND THE REST
Chelsea are in advanced talks with Paris Saint-Germain about the sale to the French side of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has spent the season on loan at Monaco (Daily Express)
The Premier League is set to push its proposed restart date back to June 19 from June 12 after concerns emerged about ‘Project Restart’ from managers and players (Daily Telegraph)
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho led those concerns, insisting that a month was needed for players to get match-fit ahead of a busy schedule of matches (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United v Tottenham has been pencilled in as the first match back – on a Friday Night Football special – a Monday Night Football to follow four televised games on Saturday and Sunday (Daily Mail)
Liverpool could lift the title at Anfield after Merseyside Police softened their stance on games being played at the stadium (Daily Star)
England could play matches behind closed doors until the re-arranged European Championships next summer (Daily Mail)
The Championship could return before the Premier League, but League One and League Two are likely to end prematurely (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal reportedly face competition from AC Milan in the race to snare Real Madrid flop Luka Jovic away from the Bernabeu (The Sun)
Leicester midfield star Wilfred N’Didi has been urged to quit the Foxes and sign for Juventus by Nigerian pal Daniel Amokachi (Daily Mirror)
Erling Braut Haaland has insisted he is only thinking about playing for Borussia Dortmund despite rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid (Daily Mail)
Bayern Munich have sent a stern warning to Manchester City that they will not be held to ransom in their hunt for winger Leroy Sane (Daily Star)
The German giants are preparing a £50million bid for Sane as they renew their interest in the attacker (Daily Telegraph)
Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has said that he has found it tough being in lockdown alone since May 3, when players were ordered back to the UK ahead of a potential restart (Daily Mirror)